- matching numbers engine
- Italian Delivery
- outstanding condition
The Maserati Mistral took over from the 3500 GT and was developed under the direction of Guido Alfieri. The sporty and compact body was drawn by Pietro Frua. The design was very modern and the large tailgate also made it much easier to load luggage. Not to be underestimated in a GT for the long journey. The Mistral is considered by many to be Pietro Frua’s masterpiece and he himself later copied the design on the AC 428 and the Monteverdi High Speed 375. However, it looks much better on the Mistral due to its compact and sporty dimensions.
The Mistral was initially called simply 2posti and was then renamed Mistral on the advice of the French importer. It was thus the first Maserati to be named after a wind. A practice that was continued for a long time and which has produced some of the most famous car names.
The Mistral was given a newly developed chassis that was considerably shorter than that of the 3500 GT Touring. It was based on the experience gained from the construction of the Maserati Birdcage and a more elaborate box frame construction was developed. This made it possible to save a considerable amount of weight compared to the classic frame of the 3500 GT. The unladen weight of the Mistral was 1200 km, while the 3500 GT weighed about 200 kg more.
The 3.5 litre six-cylinder engine was adopted, which produced 235 hp (172 kw). This engine was based on the legendary Maserati racing engines and was combined with a Lucas fuel injection system in the Mistral. In 1964 the capacity was increased to 3.7 litres and the car produced 245 hp (180 kW). From 1966, a 4.0 litre version with 255 hp (186 kw) was offered as an option.
The power was transmitted by a proven ZF five-speed gearbox and the car was braked by four disc brakes.
The bodywork on the early examples was made entirely of aluminium. From 1967 onwards, the body was made of sheet steel and only the doors and the bonnets were made of aluminium.
The Mistral was built from 1963 to 1970. In addition to the Coupé, a Spider was also available. A total of only 828 coupés were built in 7 years.
Our example was built in October 1965 according to the Maserati Certificate of Origin. The colour combination ex works was “Verde Bosco” with leather in the shade “Senape”, i.e. a dark green with beige leather.
The car was delivered in Italy in December 1965 and, according to the previous owner, stayed with the first owner near Milan until around 1980.
In 1984, the car was sold to Alfred La Femina from Long Island in the USA, where it was restored from 1984 to 1985. The colour combination was then changed to red with beige leather.
In February 1986, Mr. La Femina moved to Würzburg in Germany and took the car with him.
Already at that time the car was equipped with the very nice 16 inch spoked wheels, which is very well documented in a Dekra vehicle passport from 1986.
At the end of 1988, the car was bought by a well-known German businessman and car collector, who used the car until 1993, when he deregistered it and added it to his collection. There, the car was kept in a heated and ventilated hall under the best conditions, along with many other icons of automobile construction.
The current owner bought the car from the collection a few years ago and decided to use it as the basis for an extremely extensive restoration due to its history, matching numbers and good substance. The work was carried out by a very experienced German specialist company and no expense or effort was spared to restore the car to new condition. Unlike many other Mistrals, not only the paintwork and the interior were renewed, but the entire vehicle was overhauled. Accordingly, the car looks the same from below as it does from above.
All work has been neatly documented.
For the colour scheme, the owner followed the Mistral colour palette and chose silver “argento auteuil metallizzatto” for the exterior colour. The colour sample for this was supplied by an Italian company through the contacts of the Maserati archivist. For the interior colour, a matching medium brown leather was chosen.
The 16 inch rims were retained because they have been fitted for decades and also because they provide improved handling in addition to the beautiful appearance.
The car has been driven only 800 km since the restoration and is therefore in a very good condition.
The car can be viewed by appointment.
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